Auricular / ear acupuncture is based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol and is widely considered to be a gold standard detoxification treatment used to target a variety of behavioural and mental health issues.  It was originally developed for use in psychiatric care and is now used to help people with stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction issues.

​This treatment involves the gentle insertion of five needles into each ear.  The following auricular points are used;

  • Sympathetic – promotes relaxation and calms our sympathetic nervous system

  • Shen Men or “Spirit Gate” – settles anxiety and apprehension

  • Kidney Point – heals internal organs and reduces fear

  • Liver Point – key point for detoxification, purifies the blood, quells aggression and helps to balance our emotions

  • Lung Point – cleanses the body of inhaled toxins

Please view some resources relating to the use of acupuncture for these conditions;

De Valois, B. (2006) Serenity, patience, wisdom, courage, acceptance: reflections on the NADA protocol. European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(3), pp. 44-49.

De Valois B, Degun T (2015) Using the NADA protocol to improve wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors: five case studies. European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 8(1) 8-18

Anxiety (acupuncture.org.uk)

Depression (acupuncture.org.uk)